Summer has officially arrived and with that comes enjoying our morning coffee on the front porch or catching some rays on our backyard patios!
At this stage in the season, trees and shrubs are in full bloom, your gardens are starting to flourish and really show some colour! But wait, there's something missing. Your patio itself could use a face lift or a simple refresh. Luckily, there are so many ways that you can add some serious style to your patio, porch, decks and backyards without spending a fortune!
June is usually a safe time to start acclimating plants to the outdoors for the summer season but be sure to bring them inside at night if it gets cool, and don't place them in direct sunlight for more than a few hours. Strategically place plants around the seating area, just as you would indoors.
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Using fabric is a wonderful way to make an outdoor space homier. Search clearance bins for colourful throw pillows you won't mind tossing after the summer season and find a couple outdoor rugs to really bring the space together. Place a larger, neutral-coloured rug down first, underneath your patio furniture and place a smaller, more vibrant area rug centred on top of the first to add a little pizzazz. If your space is very exposed, you can create privacy with a screen, some old shutters or a few curtain panels. Bed, Bath and Beyond sells outdoor curtains in a variety of pretty patterns that are built to withstand the elements.
A hot trend in 2017 is the vertical garden. Ideal for backyards where space is a commodity, a vertical garden will become a gorgeous focal point in your outdoor space while providing privacy, visual interest and even food! You can DIY the project using old pallets, chicken wire, wooden boxes, an old dresser, even old, plastic pop bottles! Check Pinterest for ideas and step-by-step instructions. Love to cook? Plant herbs in your vertical garden and enjoy fresh, flavourful dishes all summer long.
For the finishing touches on your outdoor space, hang some artwork or a mirror on outside walls, add some mood lighting or place a few sturdy candle holders on tables.
Good luck with your patio this summer and feel free to share some photos of your personalized space on our Facebook page! Visit our page here at facebook.com/themorrengroup/